I recently had the pleasure of chatting with the chairman of QBAIG (Qld Buyers Agents Interest Group), Scott McGeever, who runs the very successful Property Researchers Buyers Agency in Brisbane. This new body has been recently set up within the REIQ to establish minimum standards of business practice for buyers agents in Qld, and can only be good news for those clients wishing to employ an appropriately licensed BA up in the sunny northern state. They are setting up a register of licensed BA's on the REIQ website, to make it easier for consumers when electing to use the services of a BA. Unfortunately, there are still many operators masquerading as independent BA's, when all they are really doing is flogging stock on new developments (for which they are receiving a commission) or acting on behalf of both the vendor and buyer, and pocketing fees from vendors as well. An truly independent BA should be scouring the market for all property for sale, not just property from particular developers or specific RE agencies. They are paid by the buyer only and should be working in their best interests at all times and in all transactions. All good news, as far as I'm concerned, as an independent BA should be totally dedicated and representative of their client (the buyer) and in no way influenced by other parties. Perhaps the biggest and most important factor, however, is the amount of trust that you place in the BA to find a property with the same degree of enthusiasm and diligence that you would expect of yourself. When selecting a BA, look for someone who is not only licensed, experienced and knowledgeable but also truly passionate about what they do.